Fully-funded PhD Scholarship - The Impact of Migration: Differences Between Scotland and the Rest of the UK

Department of Economics and Fraser of Allander Institute

Strathclyde Business School


The year 2016 was characterised by a number of unexpected election results, for instance, the UK decision to leave the European union or Trump’s presidential election victory. The migration debate has been central to these events. In fact, Eurobarometer data suggest that concerns about migration have been consistently more pronounced in the UK than elsewhere.

By contrast, attitudes in Scotland appear to differ from the rest of the UK. Whilst these differences in attitudes have been widely discussed, rigorous evidence on migration trends is surprisingly scarce. Reliable evidence on migration to Scotland is of significant policy relevance. For instance, data suggest that in the absence of migration flows, Scotland’s population would have fallen in recent years. In the light of Brexit and the uncertain outlook for migration policy, this demographic trend represents a pressing challenge for Scotland’s economy.

The PhD will explore migration patterns to Scotland in detail. The analysis will juxtapose estimates for Scotland with rest of the UK. The investigation will focus on three areas: characteristics of migrants, the impact of migration on the economy and policies affecting migrants


Candidates are required to have:

- An excellent undergraduate degree with Honours in a relevant business, scientific/technological or social science subject
- A Masters degree (or equivalent) will be strongly preferred
- Students may also have other relevant experience or skills which are relevant to this project
- Candidates who are not native English speakers will be required to provide evidence for their English skills (such as by IELTS or similar tests that are approved by UKVI, or a degree completed in an English speaking country)

Study information

Start month:

1 October 2017

Funding information

Funding applies to:
Open to applicants from a range of countries
Funding notes:

Stipend: £14,652 pa. Whilst open to International candidates, please note that this scholarship covers Home/EU/RUK Fee rate only.

Contacts and how to apply

Academic contact:

Enquiries to Professor Graeme Roy, Fraser of Allander Institute, email: graeme.roy@strath.ac.uk

Administrative contact and how to apply:

To apply, please visit our website

Application deadline:

28 February 2017

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